Support: WinTV-HVR-1280

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WinTV-HVR-12xx Windows driver

Download WinTV-HVR driver version 34237
For the WinTV-HVR-1200, 1250, 1270, 1400, 1500, 1700, 1800, 1850, 3300, 4400, 5500, 5525 and Starburst boards

Name: driver85_1_58_34237.exe
Size: 12.4 MB
Updated: 17/8/2016

To install the latest Windows driver only:

Leave your WinTV-HVR plugged into your PC. Follow the following steps:

  • Download the Windows driver above.
  • Double click the downloaded driver. This will install the WinTV-HVR Windows driver.
  • At the completion of the driver install, you should see a message which says Drivers have been updated successfully.
  • At this point, the Windows driver will be installed.

Windows Media Center

Note to Windows Media Center users:

If you want to use WinTV-HVR-12xx to watch and record analog cable TV with Microsoft's Media Center application, do the following:

When you run Media Center, go to Tasks / Settings / TV / Set Up TV signal
At 'Set Up your TV signal', click Next
At "Regional settings', make sure your region is correct and click Next
At 'Download TV options', click Next.
At "TV Signal', click 'I will configure my TV signal manually' and click Next
You will then see: Cable / Satellite / Antenna. Chose the source of your TV signal (Cable for use with analog cable TV) and click Next.
Click through the rest of the settings, set up your Guide listings and click Finish. Then return to the main menu.

Go to TV + Movies and then live TV to watch and record TV.

Setting up your TV tuner in Windows 7 Media Center

Download

Here is a screen by screen view of the setup of Windows Media Center. It was based on the WinTV-HVR-1600, but the setup with other WinTV-HVR products will be similar.

Windows Media Center remote control receiver/blaster configuration utility

downloadHcwcirconfig_tool_1.2.28165.exe

Use this utility to enable or disable the built-in IR receiver/blaster hardware on the WinTV-HVR-1850 and WinTV-HVR-2250 for use with Windows Media Center. You would disable the built-in IR receiver/blaster if you are using an external USB attached Windows Media Center remote control.

To use this tool:

  • Download and install the Hcwcirconfig tool
  • After installing the Hcwcirconfig tool, run the program. The tool will be located in Start / All Programs / Hauppauge WinTV / HCWCIRConfig Tool
  • To configure as a Windows Media Center remote control, put a check in the box labeled Hauppauge Consumer Infrared Receiver click OK – Save Changes.
  • Your computer must be restarted for the changes to take effect.

Name: Hcwcirconfig_tool_1.2.28165.exe
Name: 322KB
Name: 6/16/2010

Bug fixes for the Windows Media Center "Low bit rate" error message

Microsoft has released Windows Media Center patches for the "Low bit rate" error message.

Click to view the information from Microsoft.

Accessory software for the WinTV-HVR-12xx

WinTV Digital Signal Strength Indicator

Signal Strength Indicator version 32308

The WinTV Digital Signal Strength indicator displays information about the quality of the digital TV channel you are watching. This application is used with the WinTV v6 and WinTV v7 applications.

Click here for instructions on using this application.

IR Remote control application

downloadIR Remote control version 28015

Remote control applet for use with WinTV 7. After you run this applet, an icon will appear in your Windows device tray showing that the Hauppauge remote control is active.

Name: ir32_28015.exe
Name: 442KB
Name: 2/3/2010

Blaster Configuration: the IR blaster configuration program

irblast_28025.exe

This program configures the IR blaster for use with the WinTV v7 application. Included is the selection of the set top box and the learn mode.

Windows Media Center remote control receiver/blaster configuration utility

downloadHcwcirconfig_tool_1.2.28165.exe

Use this utility to enable or disable the built-in IR receiver/blaster hardware on the WinTV-HVR-1850 and WinTV-HVR-2250 for use with Windows Media Center. You would disable the built-in IR receiver/blaster if you are using an external USB attached Windows Media Center remote control.

To use this tool:

  • Download and install the Hcwcirconfig tool
  • After installing the Hcwcirconfig tool, run the program. The tool will be located in Start / All Programs / Hauppauge WinTV / HCWCIRConfig Tool
  • To configure as a Windows Media Center remote control, put a check in the box labeled Hauppauge Consumer Infrared Receiver click OK – Save Changes.
  • Your computer must be restarted for the changes to take effect.

Name: Hcwcirconfig_tool_1.2.28165.exe
Name: 322KB
Name: 6/16/2010

None at this time.

3rd Party Applications

NextPVR

Is a free Personal Video Recorder (PVR) and Media Centre application for Microsoft Windows.

WinTV-HVR-12xx installation guides

WinTV v7 users manual

Download WinTV v7 users manual

IR Remote Blaster QuickInstall Guide

Name: irblast_28025.exe
Size: 414KB
Updated: 2/3/2010

Frequently asked questions

What Operating Systems are supported by the WinTV-HVR-12xx?

  • Windows 8 and 8.1, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows 7 (all versions), 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Microsoft® Windows XP, XP Pro or Windows XP Media Center Edition, with Service Pack 2.
  • Windows Vista (all versions), 32-bit and 64-bit

System Requirements

  • Processor Requirements (minimum):
  • 2.2 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent
  • Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
  • Available PCI Express X1 or X16 slot
  • Graphics with 64MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card

Can I use the WinTV-HVR-12xx with Media Center?

Yes, the WinTV-HVR-12xx can be used with Windows Media Center. Simply download and install the latest drivers from the Hauppauge website.

NOTE: You must set up an analog TV tuner in Media Center first before you can proceed to set up a digital tuner.

What type of channels will I receive with the WinTV-HVR-1280?

PAL Analog CableTV or over-the-air analog TV: You can use your cable TV from the wall to connect to the WinTV-HVR-12xx and receive PAL analog cable TV channels. You can also use a roof top antenna to receive "over-the-air" TV.

Freeview HD (DMB-T) over-the-air digital TV: Supports Freeview HD or DMB-T TV channels.

Freeview (DMB-T) over-the-air digital TV: Supports Freeview or DMB-T TV channels
Note: For Freeview and Freeview HD DMB-T digital TV, a rooftop/out door antenna is recommended for optimal results and best signal strength.

Can I get HD with the WinTV-HVR-12xx through my Cable or Satellite box?

The WinTV-HVR-1280 has Freeview HD support for over-the-air HD.

But the WinTV-HVR-1280 will not be able to decode HD broadcasts that come through your cable or satellite box.

If you have an HD cable TV or satellite box and want to record HD TV, you can use Hauppauge's HD PVR.

What type of recordings can I make with the WinTV-HVR-12xx?

Using the WinTV 7 application the WinTV-HVR-12xx, will record in a transport stream (TS)
For Freeview HD digital TV recordings, the recording format and bit rate is exactly the same as the broadcast format (i.e. Freeview HD 1080i is recorded at 1080i).

Note: TS files can be converted to MPEG files using options in the WinTV 7 configuration menu.

Note: The WinTV7 application recording are in MPEG format for both digital and analog.

Can I record one show while watching another with the WinTV-HVR-12xx?

The WinTV-HVR-1280 only has one TV tuner. But if you have two WinTV-HVR-1280's in one PC, you can record one TV program while viewing the other, or even record both simultaneously. While recording a digital TV channel, you can be watching an analog TV channel or visa versa.

If you have two WinTV-HVR-1280's in one PC, You can also use Windows Media Center to record one program and watch (or record) another program.

Black video window or choppy video when watching a digital TV channel

If you are watching a digital TV channel and you see choppy video, no audio or a black screen, then it is possible your PC is not fast enough to decode and play the digital TV channel you are watching. Please verify that your system meets the minimum requirements for using the WinTV-HVR-1280

Digital TV, especially DMB-T high definition digital TV, is very CPU intensive. Many graphics cards have special built-in hardware to speed up decoding of high definition TV channels.

On graphics cards without special video decoding features, you can often improve the playback performance by using the Video Renderer settings located in the settings menu of WinTV 7. To open the setting menu click on the “gear” button located in the lower left of the WinTV 7 screen.

The default mode is EVR. The other modes are VMR9, VMR7 and Overlay. Each mode uses a different process to render video. Try each mode and use the one which gives you the best results. To use hardware acceleration put a check in the box “use hardware acceleration when possible. This will allow your graphics system to use hardware acceleration for video decode. Note: graphics hardware acceleration does not work on all systems. After making a change in video rendering settings Wintv must be restarted to take effect.

Can I use the WinTV-HVR-1280 with Linux?

There is some support for the WinTV-HVR-1280 under Linux. More information can be found here: LinuxTV.org

I’m receiving a flickering video image using my WinTV product installed on a Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P motherboard?

To correct the flickering video issue, from the BIOS, disable the "C1E Support” option and restart the system.

How do I add an S-Video or Composite video source in the WinTV application?

You can bring video into the WinTV from an external audio/video source such as a cable TV or satellite set top box. Depending upon which model WinTV you have, you might need to connect the A/V breakout cable included with your TV tuner.

In the WinTV v7 application, click the Setup menu (Gear button in the lower left corner of WinTV v7).

Then click on the Devices tab.

In the Device Setup Wizard, select External Inputs (S-Video/composite) and click Next.

You will be presented with the option to add a Composite and an S-Video Input. Please select your country (if not correct) and click Next.

If you wish to connect a source not normally designed for operation in your country, you can configure the Video Format manually from the drop down list. Change the value from “AUTO”.

Note: Pal BGHIDK is the commonly used format in Europe. NTSC is the broadcast format used in North America.

I receive a "Low bit rate" error message when using Windows Media Center in Windows 7.

Microsoft has released Windows Media Center patches for the "Low bit rate" error message.
Click to view the information from Microsoft.

What file size will the recorded videos be?

Digital Broadcasts (DMB-T)

The file size of a digital signal capture depends on the bitrate of the digital signal.  The bitrate is set by the broadcaster and cannot be user configured.  Bitrates for digital signals can range anywhere from about 1.2 Mbits/sec up to 19.3 Mbits/sec.  Most of the time these bitrates are variable and not constant.  Capture sizes for Freeview (DMB-T) & recordings are approximately 1.7 Gigabytes per hour up to 8.3 Gigabytes per hour.

Analog Broadcast.

The WinTV v7 application has to convert analog signals to digital in order to record. There are four recording profiles. The following list shows recording file sizes for burning to 4.3Gb DVD:

Best - Approx 1 Hour+
Better - Approx 1 1/2 Hours
Good - Approx 2 Hours
Fair - Approx 3 Hours

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downloadDownload Prodinfo

Prodinfo.exe is a program you can run which will extract information about the WinTV product you have installed such as model and serial number, MAC address, revision, and features which can be used to identify the exact model of your product. The driver for the device must be installed in order to run Prodinfo.exe


downloadDownload HCW Clear

HCWCLEAR.exe is a program you run to remove all driver and files that were installed with the installation of the Wintv program.